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Ensuring Snow Leopard survival and conserving mountain landscapes by expanding environmental awareness and sharing innovative practices through community stewardship and partnerships.

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The Snow Leopard Conservancy is a non-profit organization based in Sonoma, California, formed in 2000, working in partnership with local communities in seven countries to ensure snow leopard survival through environmental awareness programs and by promoting innovative stewardship practices.

The Snow Leopard Conservancy is a non-profit organization based in Sonoma, California, formed in 2000, working in partnership with local communities in seven countries to ensure snow leopard survival through environmental awareness programs and by promoting innovative stewardship practices.

Snow Leopard Conservancy’s founder, Rodney Jackson, has been a finalist for the Indianapolis Prize for animal conservation in 2008, 2010, 2012, 2016, and 2018. This video highlights the work of the Snow Leopard Conservancy in stunning high-definition video footage that captures the beauty of these majestic mountain regions. Working together, we can preserve this breathtaking region of the world, keeping the snow leopard’s natural habitat intact.

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What we do

We work with local partners and herder communities, the front line in preserving the biodiversity of Central Asia’s high mountains by providing technical and financial assistance for activities linked to stewardship and biodiversity conservation.  Our programs build community ownership of projects, long-term self-reliance, and ecosystem health.  We involve communities in non-invasive baseline research on snow leopards, their prey and habitat, blending western science with indigenous knowledge.

Why we do it

There is less and less land for the wild animals in our world.  Saving this iconic species has been our life’s work.  Our task is to help local communities keep livestock depredation from snow leopards at a manageable level while increasing incomes and strengthening stewardship of alpine ecosystems. We will know we have done our job when Central Asia’s herders recognize and act upon the greater worth of having a live snow leopard rather than a pelt of one that took their livestock.

What are the challenges

Working in so many different countries and in such remote areas leads to difficulties communicating with our in-country partners.  Travel is slow and arduous.  Additionally, politics and authorizing agencies with varied regulations can impede conservation. There is also a lack of conservation training in many of these countries as that has not been a priority.  Poaching, mining, and retaliation for killing of livestock, are direct threats to the existence of the snow leopard.

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Nuturing the Next Generation of Snow Leopard Conservationists

November 14th, 2019|Comments Off on Nuturing the Next Generation of Snow Leopard Conservationists

Communities in Central Asia are embracing snow leopard festivals, not only because they educate children but because they are an effective means of reviving traditional respect for wildlife and reducing poaching. Altai Republic  The [...]

The Importance of Understanding Local Attitudes Towards the Snow Leopard & Measures to Conserve It.

October 28th, 2019|Comments Off on The Importance of Understanding Local Attitudes Towards the Snow Leopard & Measures to Conserve It.

Photo courtesy of Tashi R. Ghale Snow Leopard Conservancy Associate, Jonathan Hanson, a PhD student in the Department of Geography at the University of Cambridge, recently led a study exploring the relationship between local attitudes [...]

Using Drones To Assess Populations Of Snow Leopard Prey Species

September 25th, 2019|Comments Off on Using Drones To Assess Populations Of Snow Leopard Prey Species

Last month, a group of dedicated researchers traveled to Mongolia to test drone (UAV) technology in the assessment of abundance of snow leopard prey species. Rodney Jackson, the Conservancy's Director was accompanied by Don Hunter [...]